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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes [Paperback]

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The last twelve stories written about Holmes and Watson, these tales reflect the disillusioned world of the 1920s in which they were written. Some of the sharpest turns of wit in English literature are contrasted by dark images of psychological tragedy, suicide, and incest in a collection of tales that have haunted generations of readers.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Dodo Press
ISBN  1905432585  
ISBN13  9781905432585  

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Font is too small  Sep 17, 2008
This review does not refer to the stories themselves but the edition. The font size on the Wordsworth edition is about 2. This is not what this site advertises with its 'look inside' feature. This is a small facsimile of the Strand version with a darker copy of the famous Paget illustrations. I was hoping for something easy to read with illustrations and this is not it.
More of Sherlock Holmes  Jun 27, 2008
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is a must read for all fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and, indeed, all mystery fans. While these stories are not the most famous of Holmes' cases (The Red Headed League, The Hound of the Baskervilles, etc.) there is still plenty of the standard Sherlock Holmes fare. Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr. Watson, take on an assortment of 12 cases with such titles as The Illustrious Client, The Marazin Stone and The Retired Coloured Man. While most of these cases involve a crime of some sort, a few ( Thor Bridge and The Blanched Soldier) tell of human tragedy and display both Holmes acute reasoning powers and his compassion.

There is no much more than needs be said. The stories are short enough (average of 15-20 pages) to be read in a single setting. I personally read one a day while having lunch and found this method to be an enjoyable addition to my mid-day meal.
Elementary, Watson... the stories need to be legible  Mar 22, 2008
WIth the possible exception of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary (which at least comes with its own magnifying glass), I've never found a book impossible to read -- until now. The Wordsworth edition shrinks down (WAY down) what appear to be the original pages as printed in Strand magazine. Yes, it has an aura of 19th century authenticity to it, but with even with good reading glasses on and a good night light, I could barely make out the words. After struggling with one page for five minutes, I threw the book away.
Super Reader  Aug 2, 2007
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes contains stories by Doyle that are set later, after the turn of the century, and are probably not quite as strong as the rest of the collection.

There is still the fun of The Sussex Vampire to be found, and the finger on the side of the nose style of The Illustrious Client to enjoy, and Holmes is still Holmes.

Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 01 The Adventure of the Illustrious Client - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 02 The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 03 The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 04 The Adventure of the Three Gables - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 05 The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 06 The Adventure of the Three Garridebs - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 07 The Problem of Thor Bridge - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 08 The Adventure of the Creeping Man - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 09 The Adventure of the Lion's Mane - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 10 The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 11 The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place - Arthur Conan Doyle
Case Book of Sherlock Holmes : 12 The Adventure of the Retired Colourman - Arthur Conan Doyle

Royal client, good girl, bad baron.

4 out of 5

Watsonless, with rare skin condition.

4 out of 5

Crown jewel walkabout play.

3.5 out of 5

Crooks so dumb, Holmes blackmails them.

3.5 out of 5

Sussex, Scooby Doo style.

3.5 out of 5

Family tree forensics.

3.5 out of 5

Senator in triangle.

3.5 out of 5

Dogs don't like drug-addled monkey men.

4 out of 5

Watsonless retired detective's investigations have an aquatic angle.

3.5 out of 5

Cowardly strongmen, hungry lion, unhappy wife.

3.5 out of 5

Desperate horseracers.

3.5 out of 5

Art dealer punishes adultery.

3.5 out of 5
Least favorite of the Sherlock Holmes short story collections   Feb 6, 2007
Although he also wrote several novels featuring the world's greatest fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, it was especially in his short stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle perfected the Holmes formula. "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" (published in 1926) is the last of the five collections of Holmes short stories. Like most of the other collections, it features a dozen of these short stories, which on the whole are inferior to his previous efforts. Perhaps the most outstanding contribution here is The Three Garridebs, although The Sussex Vampire, Thor Bridge and Shoscombe Old Place are also worth reading. This is certainly a collection that Holmes fans will not want to miss, but new readers should begin with the more solid and consistent introductory collection "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes".

Here's a list of the stories in this collection (with the better stories marked with stars):

1. The Illustrious Client, 1924 - Holmes is hired to prevent the murderer Baron Gruner's imminent marriage to Violet de Merville, which he does by stealing his lust diary with the assistance of Miss Kitty Winter, Guner's angry former lover.
2. The Blanched Soldier, 1926 - A unique first person account, as Holmes helps James M. Dodd find his friend Godfrey Emsworth, who is being hidden by his family (due to his leprosy).
3. The Mazarin Stone, 1921 - For once a story narrated in the third person, Holmes is hired by the government to recapture the stolen Crown diamond, which he does by some trickery in his apartment with the thieves Count Sylvius and Sam Merton.
4. The Three Gables, 1926 - Holmes ignores the threats of hired ruffians like Barney Stockdale to unravel the mystery of a bizarre robbery of some papers from Mary Maberley's son Douglas, by connecting the theft to his former lover Isadora Klein.
5. *The Sussex Vampire, 1924 - Robert Ferguson's Peruvian wife has been caught sucking her baby's blood like a vampire, but Holmes shows that the real villain is a poisonous and jealous sibling. A clever story!
6. **The Three Garridebs, 1924 - Nathan Garrideb is told by John Garrideb that if they can find a third Garrideb they will inherit millions. Holmes uncovers it as a scheme by the infamous Killer Evans to recover money from the dead forger Rodger Prescott.
7. *Thor Bridge, 1922 - Neil Gibson's wife is jealous of her husband's affection for the governess Grace Dunbar, and when Dunbar is accused of murdering Gibson's wife it is up to Holmes to exonerate her by uncovering a clever suicide.
8. The Creeping Man, 1923 - Why does Professor Presbury's dog suddenly attack him, and why is he seen creeping along hallways on all fours and climbing up the walls of his mansion? Holmes finds out that it is a result of his quest for eternal youth.
9. The Lion's Mane, 1926 - When Fizroy McPherson is found half-dead near a beach with multiple apparent whip-lashings, Ian Murdoch seems the natural suspect. Another first person account, as Holmes unravels the case and explains his dying words "Lion's Mane" only when Murdoch himself nearly becomes a victim in a similar manner.
10. The Veiled Lodger, 1927 - The deductions of Holmes are virtually absent, as Mrs Merrilow's lodger Mrs Ronder explains why she hides her face as a result of an incident involving her husband, a lover and a circus lion.
11. *Shoscombe Old Place, 1927 - Consulted by head trainer John Mason, Holmes must get to the bottom of the bizarre behavioural changes of Sir Robert Norberton, who has bet everything on his horse winning the Derby, and his sister.
12. The Retired Colourman, 1926 - When Josiah Amberley's wife apparently vanishes with his fortune and her lover Dr. Ray Ernest, Holmes is the one who uncovers a clever murder.

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